Financial Mirror (Cyprus)

Eurobank Cyprus steams ahead with more profits


Eurobank Cyprus recorded yet another year of growth with its 2021 profits rising to EUR 52.3 mln, up 12.2 mln from the year before, reducing its non-performing loans further and mostly unaffected by the war in Ukraine.

Announcing its financial results for the past year, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Athex-listed Eurobank Group said after-tax profits were EUR 52.3 mln from 40.1 mln in 2020 and 44.5 mln in 2019, with pre-tax earnings at EUR 66.7 mln from 52.4 mln in 2020 and 59.0 mln in 2019.

More than EUR 28.2 mln or 54% of the bank’s earnings were generated in the second half of last year, a period marked by recovery efforts in the tourism sector and continuing challenges due to the coronaviru­s pandemic.

Eurobank Cyprus also had two key events last year: the acquisitio­n of a 12.6% stake in Hellenic Bank, which it bought from one of the latter’s rescue investors, Daniel Loeb, for EUR 42 mln; and, a EUR 20 mln financing facility from the European Investment Bank to help small and medium-sized enterprise­s from the EIF and EGF funds.

Commenting on the results, CEO Michalis Louis said, “2021 marks the beginning of a particular­ly demanding effort, which continues into 2022, to restart the economy and return the market to prepandemi­c


‘Limited exposure’

As regards the developmen­ts in Ukraine, Louis said Eurobank Cyprus has “limited direct exposure to Russia, which minimises any direct impact.” He added that, “the impact in the internatio­nal business services sector, tourism and the real estate market, as well as the increases in the costs of energy, raw materials and food, in turn cause growing inflationa­ry trends throughout the Cypriot economy.”

The bank said in an announceme­nt that it maintained a strong capital position with its Capital Adequacy Ratio and CET1 ratio at 25.4% from 26.2% at the end of 2020.

The balance sheet grew significan­tly last year, to EUR 8.16 bln from 6.82 bln in 2020, due mainly to a 17% increase in deposits to EUR 6.62 bln and a 15% in loans to EUR 2.6 bln, taking the loans-to-deposits ratio to 31.4% from 33% in 2020, excluding depositsec­ured lending.

Capital and other reserves increased by EUR 44 mln to 571 mln, while nonperform­ing exposures were further reduced to 2.4% o the bank’s loans portfolio.

At the same time, the bank said it effectivel­y managed its operating cost compared to earnings, with the ratio at 37%, unchanged from 2020.

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